We were ready to give up but took the step to start some dog training classes.  I am so glad we found Red Rover.  Willow did so well following our first class.  I would highly recommend Red Rover. Don’t give up, just take a class.  You will not be disappointed.  We will be continuing more classes after the holidays.  

Marcy and Jim

Devin and Rocky
Rocky

Rocky and Devin St. Thomas, Ontario

This is Rocky. Devin and his family adopted Rocky earlier this year. Rocky was extremely reactive to, well, everything. What you see here, a calm dog not doing anything, you may think that this is not very remarkable. 

Not that long ago, walking Rocky was almost impossible. He was constantly lunging at anything and everything, pulling and barking. The first thing we did was work on leash skills while inside our school so that Rocky could learn to walk politely on a loose leash - what we call a structured walk. Once we got that down, we ventured outside and started exposing Rocky to different environments as part of his rehabilitation.

Rocky also had issues at home. Guests were a major source of reactivity so we taught him the 'Place Command' where we have the dog lie on a bed or mat. This is done on leash and Devin had Rocky right beside him when we practiced this. At first 'the guest' (me) had to be stationary since movement was one of Rocky's triggers, but he quickly settled into the routine of lying down and being still. It didn't take long for Rocky to get the hang of this and now his family can confidently have guests in their home again and Rocky has a place where he can calmly be part of the family too.

The muzzle also really helped - not because Rocky is a biter, it was simply a precaution - just in case. However, what ended up happening was it deterred random people on the street - dog lovers - from rushing over and trying to pet Rocky. Even when these well-meaning people were told not to approach Rocky, almost every single time, this warning was not listened to and it set Rocky back in his rehabilitation. Now, the muzzle is working wonders at giving Rocky the space he needs so that he can learn to calmly navigate the world that has so many distractions, trusting his owners to lead the way.

Rocky is doing extremely well. There's still some work to do, but what a huge improvement there is from the frantic, reactive dog we met not that long ago.

Clancley
Clancey

Clancey's owners came to us mainly because they didn't enjoy walking him. Clancey loved to pull! Clancey's size and his very outgoing personality made it hard for his owners to walk him. In fact, they used to argue about who was going to 'hang on to leash'.

After completing the novice group class, Clancey's pulling is no longer an issue and he has great impulse control as well. He's still the same happy-go-lucky guy, but with more manners. They continued with some intermediate obedience classes as well, but the main thing that they were craving was to be able to have Clancey off leash without worrying that he would run off. Living where they do, there's a lot of space and they wanted to walk him off leash, but were afraid that he would not come back if decided to go chase a deer, a squirrel, etc.

Now, after completing our off leash recall lessons, Clancey is a dream of have on leash as well as off. Everyone is happier and enjoying every walk.

Sue

Clancey has more freedom now

We met Sandy and Peter in March 2019 when we went to observe one of their puppy training classes. We liked the way they handled teaching the puppies so signed up for when our own arrived.

We brought Biggles, an eight week old miniature Bernedoodle home at the end of April 2019. Our other dog was almost 15 years so it was ages since we had been faced with the demands of a puppy.

 

Sandy was extremely responsive to our questions and generous with her time. Before we started class she volunteered to make a home visit and help us with Biggles jumping and biting. The strategies she has provided us with have been effective and helped us make life less frustrating for ourselves and Biggles.

 

We attended Puppy Class and recently finished Novice Training. People who meet Biggles on the street or in a professional capacity are amazed by his behavior, he is gentle and compliant but still full of fun.

 

We went on a three week trip in August and Sandy as part of her Pet Sitting Service came and lived in our house with Biggles. It was perfect he was well cared for and better trained than before we left! It was also similar in price to what we felt were much less desirable options for a puppy.

 

The best thing was that Biggles clearly loves Sandy and gets really excited to see her. Both Peter and Sandy are excellent teachers the classes are fun and they have solutions to meet the particular needs of a dog.
 

Biggles is calm and well-behaved in all sorts of environments

We have benefitted from the equipment such as dog pens they have introduced us to. They have willingly lent us things while we decide what is the best to purchase for Biggles. I had no plans for further training but now am considering it as it is fun to connect with other dog lovers and be proud of your own and your dogs success.

 

Thanks Sandy and Peter, now I am almost as well trained as Biggles!

 

Julia

I remember wanting to give up and was encouraged to continue with training. I had a lot of people over this weekend and couldn't believe Coco's behavior. Especially with men. She trusts everyone now. Thanks for your encouragement.  I am also walking Coco down busy streets and over highway passes to get her used to not chasing cars. Also, I thought you would like to know that I often see old class mates walking their dogs properly on streets – they are so obedient  – the boxer, the springer spaniel pup, who is full grown and beautiful!. You did a wonderful job for us dog owners in Grimsby and we thank you.

Maryann

Grimsby, Ontario

From the first time we consulted with Sandra about our dog's social and behavior issues, she immediately began educating us about his emotions and intellectual thoughts that were behind his behavioural issues and how we could begin correcting them. Red Rover Dog Training supported and guided us at our own pace and prepared us for real life situations. Now we have a happy and trained dog who can go for controlled walks and be a part of our social life again. Red Rover Dog Training exceeded our expectations. We never thought our dog would be able to do the things he can now. Thank you for everything, Sandra & Peter!

Matt & Lauren

St.Thomas, Ontario

I took my German Shepherd dog Sascha to Intermediate Training with Red Rover Dog Training in Grimsby. The course has far exceeded my expectations. Sandra King the Trainer uses very positive training methods. I am 72 years old and my dog is a very large, powerful German Shepherd, she could easily pull me off my feet.  We now go on walks where she meets other dogs calmly. She is a pleasure to walk… no pulling on the lead. She sits, stands, lays down and comes when called. All this she does on the first command. There is no necessity to repeat commands as I see some people on the street saying “sit, sit, sit” or come, come here…. I give her the command once and she does it. 

 

This course has strengthened the bond with my Sascha. She accepts me as her leader and trusts whatever I ask will be the right command. 

 

I love working with her and I really look forward to going onto the Advanced course. 

Judy

Grimsby, Ontario

Oskar and I were some of Red Rover's first students. What a great journey it has been, strengthening that bond with my dog as we progressed through novice and intermediate courses.

Sandra at Red Rover makes the courses comfortable for the dog and the human. This is extremely important since we, the humans, have just as much to learn about the dog training process as the dog!

I love the variety of skills Sandra teaches in her courses. The skills make my dog a good citizen in the world he lives in.

I love the extra learning opportunities offered through Red Rover. We have participated in the dog body language seminar and the weekly walk series, both of which were very rewarding.

 

Laurie

Dundas, Ontario

After a rough start to life my young dog was very wary of strangers and other dogs, but Sandra and her team were able to help me turn his behavioural issues around with a huge difference showing after only a few sessions. Thanks to Red Rover Dog Training I can now enjoy walking my dog without worrying what we might come across, and he is so much happier!

Lauren

Thorold, Ontario

Our 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier was driving us crazy with her aggressive behaviour not only to other dogs when on a walk, but also to other dogs, horses, joggers when in the car. Her excessive and loud barking made every outing a chore, and certainly no fun.

 

At her age we were sceptical that she could learn to modify her life-long behaviour.

 

On the recommendation of a friend, we met Sandra, owner of Red Rover. After Jackie's first training session and with the use of an e collar, she was markedly improved. By her 3'rd session, she had modified her behaviour entirely! Needless to say she is a happier, more socialized dog, and we are delighted owners. Next we tackled recall, and I cannot tell you how pleased we are that after all these years she not only listens, but obeys! She is a changed dog and we couldn't be more pleased.

 

Sandra's approach is professional but friendly. She is also very generous with her time and expert advice. Definitely a 10 out of 10!  

Anna and Dave

St. Catharines, Ontario

To All Dog Owners,

My daughter and I have been volunteers with the Ontario Weimaraner Rescue & Assitance team for about 2.5 years. I have had dogs almost my entire life, and my daughter was born with a Weim to watch over her.

Recently we took on the responsibility of fostering a 3 year old Weim called Dexter. We were (at least) the 3rd family that had Dexter lived with and right from the start it was obvious that Dexter had some major behavioral issues. Dexter was scared of everything, and in particular scared of every dog he came across. His reaction to being scared was to bark, threaten and if needed, try to attack.

It was obvious to us that Dexter needed professional help. After searching for a trainer for months that was willing to take Dexter on, the OWR found Sandra and Peter at Red Rover. Sandra and Peter have spent a great deal of time and money to ensure that they are trained by the best minds in the business.

Over the next 25 weeks we moved from private lessons to group lessons, and incorporated our entire family into Dexter's education....and of course ours as well. After some time we were able to have Dexter take reasonable walks, and we were even able to incorporate him into some group sessions without too many "flare-ups."

We would have never thought that Dexter could be in the company of other dogs and be as accepting of them as he is today. Without Sandra's and Peter's help Dexter would not be the dog he is today.

Sandra and Peter are some of the nicest, most professional, most patient, most positive trainers we could have ever hoped to meet. They work hard at their craft, and we would recommend that any dog owner in southwestern Ontario consider them first when looking for help with their dogs.

Dexter, my daughter and I are all eternally grateful for their help, and we will never forget the difference that they made in Dexter's life.

Chris and Madison

Burlington, Ontario

Red Rover Dog Training school was just the approach I was looking for my stubborn 75lbs good natured rescue - a systematic process, step by step method to obedience with a ton of praise and positive reinforcement- delivered in a small class size, always with the Master trainer and canine plus often always extra instructor help present.  Sandra King is professional, generous and supportive, caring deeply for her human and canine pupils alike.  I am so happy with my results and we continue to grow and develop together. We're abundantly grateful.

Dr. Joanne

St. Catharines, Ontario

I am a huge fan of Red Rover Dog Training! I brought a boisterous one year old german shepherd to training classes and within a few weeks saw so many behavioral improvements in addition to his overall response to the basic obedience commands. Classes are orderly, follow logical progression and are fun!

Diane

St. Catharines, Ontario

Sandra and Peter are so positive and encouraging. They understand that every dog is unique, and as a result, they personalize the training to fit the needs of both their furry friends and human clients!

Leanne

Grimsby, Ontario

Hours

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If you are new to us, please register and then use our online booking calendar by clicking the Book an Appointment button to schedule an appointment for a Behaviour Consult, an Assessment, or for a Private Lesson.

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905-902-6317

471 Talbot St.

St. Thomas, Ont.  N5P1C1